Yorkshire Life Reader Event - Lady Betty Afternoon Tea, Harrogate

PUBLISHED: 00:00 03 August 2015 | UPDATED: 21:57 19 January 2016

Lucy Adlington from History Wardrobe visits the 1930s

Lucy Adlington from History Wardrobe visits the 1930s


Guests enjoy one of the most luxurious afternoon tea experiences during an exclusive reader event at Bettys in Harrogate

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It was a warm afternoon. Laughter and chatter filled the Imperial Room. The gentle clink of teaspoon against fine china (is there a more delicious sound?) could be heard as the first cup of fragrant tea was poured from a silver pot…we were in afternoon tea heaven. And really, that’s not an exaggeration.

Yorkshire Life readers were among the first to experience the new Lady Betty Afternoon Tea menu inspired by Bettys Café Tea Rooms’ best loved patisserie and favourite tea specialities. And it earned many contented sighs and congratulations from guests at this exclusive reader event.

Since Bettys opened in 1919, their Café Tea Rooms in Harrogate have set the standard for afternoon tea. Almost a century on, Bettys has distilled everything they know about this most treasured British pastime to create an afternoon tea to tempt, delight and surprise.

The new Lady Betty Afternoon Tea menu includes a selection of sandwiches made with breads from Bettys award-winning craft bakery, delicious savouries, two types of freshly baked warm scones - Yorkshire lavender and sultana - and a tantalising range of delicate handmade cakes.

A selection of rare and fine teas has been chosen by Bettys expert tea buyers to complement the menu and includes an exclusive Bettys Afternoon Tea Blend. This distinctly flavoured tea brings together the depth and flavour of top quality Assam complemented by the delicate floral notes of Darjeeling – the ‘Champagne of teas’.

The Lady Betty Afternoon Tea is presented on a silver three-tiered stand and served on fine bone china, decorated with a delicate tea leaf design exclusive to Bettys. The historic and elegant Imperial Room at Bettys Café Tea Room in Harrogate was the perfect setting for such a luxurious experience. Music from the cafe pianist completed the sense of occasion.

And who is Lady Betty? She is Bettys ‘cover girl’. The Lady Betty illustration has featured on some of Bettys chocolate boxes since the 1920s. Rather than banish her to the archives, Lady Betty has stayed with Bettys in various guises throughout the years; formerly in a stylish cloche hat on a box of spirit liqueur chocolates and today lounging elegantly in silk pyjamas on the Lady Betty Chocolate Selection.

Our very special thanks go to Lucy Adlington of History Wardrobe who brought her to life with a series of costumes from the 1930s – a decade of streamlining, speed and style. We learned what was on at the cinema and who was broadcasting on the wireless, discovered how diet and drastic underwear helped us fit into the sleek lines of 1930s frocks (nothing much has changed here, then). Plus top tips on cake baking, linen laundry and tea-leaf reading. w

Find out more about Lady Betty Afternoon Tea and how to make your own reservations at www.bettys.co.uk. Learn more about Lucy Adlington and York-based History Wardrobe at www.historywardrobe.com

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